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Author:  Brahma [ 23 Jul 2016, 19:16 ]
Post subject:  Scots Pine Pruning

Hi Folks - another question from me I'm afraid!

I've got a scots pine that I have been growing on for a while - just plenty of water, feed and sun. It's reached the height I want now and I'm happy with the trunk width (I have got a shoot low down that I'm hoping to use as a sacrifice and thicken the trunk some more). I've put on some wire and bent it in to the shape I want but haven't done any pruning and removal of any bar branches so I've got a few of these. The question is, can I remove these now and do some selection of the branches I want to keep? Or should I leave it again following the "one insult per year" concept? If it's OK to remove them now, is it ok to wire the "keeper branches"?

Many thanks,

Andy

Author:  Nigel Croome [ 23 Jul 2016, 20:02 ]
Post subject:  Re: Scots Pine Pruning

Hi Andy It's not a good idea to heavily prune Pines this time of year as they bleed resin profusely leave it to Autumn early Winter when the sap has stopped flowing.
Cheers Nigel.

Author:  Brahma [ 23 Jul 2016, 20:12 ]
Post subject:  Re: Scots Pine Pruning

Thanks Nigel. So can I wire my "keeper" branches now or is it best to just leave them until I've removed the unwanted branches in Autumn too?

Another question, when I do wire the branches in to position, there will be lots of needles on the bottom of the branches - do I remove them at the same time as wiring the branches down? And is that a cut them off with scissors and leave some "nubs" or just pull them right out with fingers?

Thanks again,

Andy

Author:  paulpash [ 23 Jul 2016, 21:52 ]
Post subject:  Re: Scots Pine Pruning

If you have a pic it'd make appropriate advice easier ?

Author:  Brahma [ 24 Jul 2016, 09:52 ]
Post subject:  Re: Scots Pine Pruning

Hi Paul - yep photos make sense. I've taken a couple this morning - they're not great I'm afraid but hopefully you'll get the idea!

ImageDSC_0169 by Andy Johnson, on Flickr
ImageDSC_0170 by Andy Johnson, on Flickr
ImageDSC_0171 by Andy Johnson, on Flickr
ImageDSC_0172 by Andy Johnson, on Flickr
ImageDSC_0173 by Andy Johnson, on Flickr
ImageDSC_0174 by Andy Johnson, on Flickr

Author:  Brahma [ 02 Aug 2016, 19:39 ]
Post subject:  Re: Scots Pine Pruning

Hi Folks,

A follow up to my earlier post about this tree - should I be trimming / pinching this now?

Thanks,

Andy

Author:  paulpash [ 02 Aug 2016, 19:51 ]
Post subject:  Re: Scots Pine Pruning

You have very few branches down low so your options are limited to styling it as a literati. When selecting material you need branches down low and even branches off them to be as close to the trunk as possible. In some cases you can chase foliage back but it takes MANY years in pines.

If you are careful you can sometimes wire between needle clusters but it's finicky. If needles get trapped they will die back. Try and keep as many needles on as you can.

Author:  Brahma [ 02 Aug 2016, 21:30 ]
Post subject:  Re: Scots Pine Pruning

Thanks Paul - I am quite happy for this to go as a literati so don't mind the bare trunk. I'm gonna treat this as a bit of a learner tree too to try and see how the scots reacts. So should I be pinching the candles out now on each of the branches I've got and hope they back bud?

Author:  NickB [ 03 Aug 2016, 06:41 ]
Post subject:  Re: Scots Pine Pruning

I have already pruned two of my Scotties so far - simply reducing the current seasons growth so several pairs of needles. This should provide some nice back budding which should appear before winter. Its still a bit early for wiring as some needles are still a bit loose and will come away if wired.

However, one of my Scotties has had an unusual double-flush, so is still growing. I will wait until later with that one and trim back late summer/early autumn.

You just got to have a go and see what happens.

Author:  paulpash [ 03 Aug 2016, 08:31 ]
Post subject:  Re: Scots Pine Pruning

Brahma wrote:
Thanks Paul - I am quite happy for this to go as a literati so don't mind the bare trunk. I'm gonna treat this as a bit of a learner tree too to try and see how the scots reacts. So should I be pinching the candles out now on each of the branches I've got and hope they back bud?


I normally prune mid July to induce back budding leaving at least 2 pairs of current season's needles in tact. Obviously prune hard where you need buds, leave where you need extension.

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